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Career Preparation

Career Center

DePauls Career Center provides students, alumni and employers with opportunities to connect. No matter where you are in your career search, whether its deciding on a career path, making a career change, or preparing for your first job interview, the Career Center has resources to help you succeed.

Career Exploration & Advising

Many students are unsure of what type of career they should pursue.  Take advantage of the resources available to assist in this decision.  The first step is to make a career exploration appointment with Hilarie Longnecker or Ed Childs, who specialize in assisting students with liberal arts majors. 

To make an appointment, call 773-325-7431.

Searching for a Job or Internship

Finding a job or internship can seem like a daunting process. The Career Center has tools and resources to help you find the opportunities that are right for you. Meet with a Career Advisor to create a personal job search strategy

Writing Resumes and Preparing for Interviews

Your resume is a marketing tool.  A good resume promotes you as an ideal candidate to potential employers. The goal in writing a resume is to make yourself attractive to potential employers, thus securing an opportunity for you to interview with the organization.

Learning How to Network

Networking is the act of building relationships. Its making connections and sharing information for both personal and professional gain. At one time, professional networking was accomplished through face-to-face interactions. Now, however, there are online networking websites like which increase your networking potential.  

Workshops and Events

Whether you are looking to learn more about your career interests, develop job seeking skills, or want to connect with professionals in your field, our events and workshops are a great way to start.  Some recent events & workshops include:
  • Ace Your First Professional Interview
  • Demystifying Networking and Creating Connections
  • How Can Alumni Help Me Plan my Career?
  • Identify Your Skills and Accomplishments
  • Job & Internship Fairs 
  • LinkedIn Basics for Job Searching 

What Can I Do With a Sociology Major?

Sociology majors pursue careers in a variety of professional fields, including
  • advocacy
  • case management/social work
  • community outreach and education
  • consulting
  • counseling
  • education & higher education
  • journalism
  • law (lawyer, judge, paralegal) and law enforcement (federal agent, police officer, probation officer)
  • program development
  • public relations/advertising
  • research (for government agencies, private companies, nonprofit organizations, scholarship)
  • urban planning
  • college-level teaching

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Program

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) is a network of committed alumni and friends who serve as career mentors, working with students one-on-one, in practice interviews and at job fairs, and speaking at networking events and open houses throughout the university. By sharing accomplishments, insights and connections, the ASK volunteer network can help open important doors for professional growth and networking.  

Dinners on DePaul

Dinners on DePaul is a program coordinated by Alumni Relations and provides a free dinner for students and alumni while they meet and talk about career fields of interest to the students.  Alumni talk about their own careers and provide advice about how best to talk about your sociological training to prospective employers and how to prepare yourself for the job market while still in school.  You can ask questions about the alumni's day-to-day work experiences, career trajectory, and whether or not graduate school is necessary.  Dinners on DePaul is one of the most direct ways to explore what you can do with a sociology major.  

Sociology Internship Program

An internship is the best way to explore a career paths and prepare for the job search.  An internship exposes you to a variety of opportunites, allows you to identify a career path that is a good fit, and enables you to build your resume.   

Dr. Joyce Sween, Director of the Sociology Internship Program, will assist you in receiving four (4) academic credits for a qualifying internship.  Academic credit for an internship can be applied to the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement or to the sociology major.  Students are able to receive up to 8 credit hours during their academic career, providing that the student participates in two different internship opportunities. Contact Dr. Sween at or 773-325-4430 to set up an appointment.